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Liquid Divine: Interface

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 19 2005
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Artist: Liquid Divine
Title: Interface
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Interface, the debut release from eastern German duo Liquid Divine, is easy to like--at first. The media kit nails their influences: Haujobb, Front Line Assembly, Recoil, Kraftwerk, and Tear Garden all describe their pedigree very well. The lyrics, all in English, are actually a strong suit for once, coming from the Continent. In fact, the tracks that seem to work best contain odd passages spoken in a low, gutteral drawl, like some post-apocalyptic Romeo whispering to his teenage date. Check out this line describing a sunset: "How fucking wonderful it is to watch that big ball of fire melt into the ocean...!" At last, someone who REALLY knows how to get romantic in a song.

At the middle of the disc, the promising pace ebbs. The trip-hoppy track number 8, "9 to 5", finally rescues my wandering attention from total distraction with more of that cool crypto-poetic speak. After that, however, the rest of the CD becomes filler, losing my attention for good. About four songs pruned from here and there (including that meritless and patronizing 9/11 soundbite at the end of the last track) would do some justice.

VV.AA.: Different

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 03 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Different
Format: DVD
Label: BLack Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Black Rain in the last couple of years, along with its sister labels NoiTekk, Funk Welten and Ars Musica Diffundere, grew its rooster of bands as well the number of people who is interested into the mixture of industrial e.b.m. music of Noitekk, the goth electronic of Black Rain, the Ars Musica Diffundere apocaliptic folk of Novalis and Kutna Hora or the industrial martialism of Predella Avant and to the ambient electronic music of Funk Welten with Echorausch and Flint Glass. Into the DVD you can find seventeen band videos (most of them are live performances recorded at the Wave Gotik Treffen festival or at the Summer Darkness festival) where you can have a good idea of the music proposed by the labels. Sometimes the audio isn't the top notch (it seems recorded with a good digital camera as well the videos are) but you can have an idea about the music anyway. Along with the videos we have a good extra section where you can find images of the people at the 2004 Wave Gotik Treffen (this is for die hard fans of the festival or for the people who was there), excerpts of Aslan Faction, Grendel and Feindflug performances at the 2002 Maschinensturm festival, a video of Feindflug 2000 tour, the backstage of the same band at the 2000 Wave Gotik Treffen and different galleries of the band with audio tracks.

DIVERJE: The Distortion Chamber

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 01 2005
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Artist: DIVERJE (@)
Title: The Distortion Chamber
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Rated: *****
This review of the already 6th release of DIVERJE I would like to start with a quotation taken from the title track "The Distortion Chamber":

"Step inside, the distortion chamber
electro-body-music takes you in
immerse in sound – synthetic pleasure
this is our secret, to keep us sane.
Step Inside, the distortion chamber
razor-sharp-beats, pounding you down
electrofied – you don’t want out
addicted to this energy now."

I couldn’t find any better words to describe finally the feeling not only by listening to this new output by Tommy T. Rapisardi, head behind DIVERJE, as well as in the rising DSBP label and the "Cyberage" radio show (www.cyberage.cx ). Tommy could again invite several talented musicians to help him up with programming, synths and composition, so you find here contributions by Xon of BOUNDLESS, Justin of LEXINCRYPT, Len Lemeire of IMPLANT, Vince Pujol of E.S.R. and a few others. The lyrics and vocals are still done by Tommy, while the music shows a huge amount of diversity simply caused through the different hard- and software the mentioned musicians use. So like it is mentioned in the booklet, this CD is recorded all over the world from the USA, to France, Belgium and New Zealand with the headquarter in the DSBP studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This album is mastered by the famous Da5id Din (INFORMÄTIK, din_fiv) at his Corossive Audio studio – you expect the best, so you get it. My personal favorites can be found mostly in the tracks in which Vince Pujol of E.S.R. has included his talented input. The Opener "Enough to Destroy" is one example of this and this track get some very good reactions through its appearance on the Alfa-Matrix quadruple compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1".Another fine contribution between Vince and Tommy T. is the track "Your Pleasure" which is featured here in two different version. Well worked out futuristic synth layers meet extravagant vocals and impressive rhythm programmings, while things slowed down with a track "Time is the Enemy" where this two musicians teamed up with a third talented artist, Matt Ossen of TYPE001. The lyrics of Tommy are dealing mainly with happenings or problems around his life as a musician and label manager ("The Decline of the CD Generation"), but I assume also a huge personal influence out of his private life here, for example of a lost affair ("I Walk Alone", music arranged by Justin Cameron of LEXINCRYPT), same thematically with a slight hint in "Test Samples" (music arranged by Len Lemeire of IMPLANT). Not to hide I want also the fact that you also get some grinding guitar riffs here. Not unusual for DIVERJE of course – but the purist should be warned. In all we have a nice new and for the best DIVERJE album so far. One reason to get this CD is the fact of the long playing time of almost 75 minutes. And so you get a full-scale assault of diverse and varied arranged Electro/Industrial album which is not like anything else or easy to compare. A splendid release!

IMMUNOLOGY: Newgate

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 01 2005
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Artist: IMMUNOLOGY (@)
Title: Newgate
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Last Exit
Rated: *****
Debut release for the new Russian label Advoxya Records hailing from St. Petersburg! They have signed the Czech Republic Electro/Metal/Gothic-Rock band IMMUNOLOGY, which present here already their second CD. After having grown to now four band members this band presents now a change in their globally style with now including real played and recorded guitars as well as real drums. The Electro/EBM influences of the early days of this band are now sparse filled in here. Add to this a rough singer mostly sounding like Arne of the SWAMP TERRORIST and you got it, that this band moved towards to a more Hardcore/Punk-like sound. My favorite tracks can be still found with more classic inspired track like "King of Demons" or "Living Death", although the globally Electro-Metal influenced pieces like "Fallen Angel" or "Gundog" really rock here. Not at all my cup of tea, but I am sure that a lot of fans of the old Coldwave scene with bands like 16 VOLT or PSYCHOPOMPS will dig this.

Pillars of Nein: Apathy

 Posted by Shaun Phelps (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 27 2005
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Artist: Pillars of Nein (@)
Title: Apathy
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Apathy is the self-released debut of Pillars of Nein, a guitar-oriented industrial rock band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Pillars of Nein is the project of Chuck Nein (vocals), Angel (guitars), Keith Sommers (keyboard/drums), and Chelle Beck (backing vocals). With Apathy, Pillars of Nein deliver an impassioned and intense release that sounds professional beyond anything you might expect to hear from an unsigned band.

Apathy walks a very fine line between alternative and industrial music and succeeds in doing justice to both. The highlight of this release, for me, is the compatibility of Chuck Nein and Chelle Beck’s vocal work. Nein’s vocals bear a remarkable resemblance to Bush’s Gavin Rosdale, and Chelle Beck’s strong, seductive backing vocals are the perfect match to an already commanding presence.

Apathy is a perfect balance of aggression and beauty, shifting from melancholic keyboard/piano themes to crushing Rammstien-like guitar sequences without a moment’s notice. Pillars of Nein have figured out the formula to both the alternative and industrial genres, if they can further harness that formula there will be no end to their potential.


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